SEX WITH STRANGERS
by Laura Eason
Directed by Janis Stevens
TAMPA BAY AREA PREMIERE
“Sexually and intellectually provocative … A HELL OF A LOT OF FUN!” —The Hollywood Reporter
When twenty-something sex blogger Ethan tracks down his idol, the gifted but obscure forty-ish novelist Olivia, he finds they each crave what the other possesses. This smart and sexy play encapsulates the divide between Gen-X and Gen-Y, two demographics separated by only a few short years, and an expansive gulf of technical predilections and asks…
Is technology bringing us closer together…or making us virtual strangers?
Carey Urban* (Olivia) is delighted to be making her American Stage debut! She has appeared regionally in CYMBELINE, ROMEO & JULIET (Orlando Shakespeare Theater), LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (Palm Beach Dramaworks), ROMEO & JULIET, TWELFTH NIGHT, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Tennessee Shakespeare Company), CABARET (ArtsPower/Sharon Playhouse), WEST SIDE STORY, GIGI (Media Productions), and with Sierra Repertory Theatre, OffWorld Theatre, The Barn Theatre, and toured nationally with ArtsPower and TheatreWorks. NY credits include BAM, The Flea, Soho Rep, The Women’s Project, The Queen’s Company, The Fools’ Theatre, HERE Arts Center, Resonance Ensemble and Hotel Savant. TV/Film: QUANTICO, HOLIDATE, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X, CHIME OF DESTINY, HANDS OF FATE, GREY, FRAMED. She has trained at LAMDA, Vienna Conservatory of Music, Shakespeare & Company, and extensively at Caymichael Patten Studio. Thanks to GC & BZ!
Ben Williamson* (Ethan) is honored to be returning to American Stage. He was last seen as Damon in Tartuffe. Regional credits include THE BROTHERS SIZE (Actors Theatre of Louisville), ISSAC’S EYE (Urbanite Theatre), THE MOUSETRAP (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), 4000 MILES, OTHER DESERT CITIES, ROMEO AND JULIET, THE ALIENS, TWELFTH NIGHT, HAMLET PRINCE OF CUBA, CANDIDA (Asolo Repertory), RED, ONE SLIGHT HITCH, 25TH ANNUAL SPELLING BEE, CHICAGO, THE UNEASY CHAIR (Cider Mill Playhouse), ALL MY SONS (National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts). TV credits include Martin Scorsese’s VINYL (HBO), THE PERFECT MURDER (Investigation Discovery), and locally filmed BARRY BAKER: AN ASPIRING SERIAL KILLER (Amazon Prime). Ben has also been seen on ROYAL PAINS (USA) and MYSTERIES OF LAURA (NBC). Sincerest thanks and creative appreciation goes to our entire artistic team. Proud member of Actors Equity. Proud advocate of planet Earth. MFA from Asolo Conservatory.
Spotlight Series: PROLOGUE
30 minutes prior to every performance
Arrive early and enjoy our new interactive prologue series. The discussion will explore fascinating details about the play and the artists prior to select performances. FREE to SEX WITH STRANGERS ticket holders
Spotlight Series: FOREWORD
Guest Speaker: JANIS STEVENS
Date: Sunday, July 2 at 1PM
Take your theatre going experience to the next level through an informative and entertaining lecture. Professor Emerita, Dedee Aleccia, will speak on the history, context, and characters of SEX WITH STRANGERS.
Wednesday, July 19 | Reception at 6PM | Show at 7PM
Spend a night OUT at American Stage! Before the performance, mix and mingle with friends old and new, enjoy a BOGO special on our signature cocktail.
Young American Night
Thursday, July 20 | Happy Hour at 7PM | Show at 8PM
YOUNG AMERICANS get BOGO Specialty Drinks, plus an exclusive Post Show Chatback with the cast.
YOUNG AMERICANS between the ages of 21-29 are invited to use promo code UNDER30 to access $15 tickets. Code can be only be used for one ticket per order when purchased online. Otherwise you can call the Box Office at 727-823-7529 or email youngamerican@americanstag
Ladies Night Out
Friday, July 21 | Happy Hour at 7PM | Show at 8PM
Arrive early, enjoy complimentary specialty drink tastings, and indulge in the latest offerings from woman-run businesses Jackie Z and Marilyn Monroe Glamour Room.
Additionally, Maureen McDole will be representing Keep St. Pete Lit, celebrating and promoting St. Petersburg’s literary community through arts, education and events.
Use code LNO when booking tickets to reserve your special Ladies Night Out take-away gift.
Spotlight Series: CHATBACK
Thursday, July 20
Sunday, July 23
Sunday, July 30
Talk-back with the cast of SEX WITH STRANGERS
“Sex With Strangers was written by House of Cards writer Laura Eason, and as with episodes of that show, there’s always something darker lurking under the surface.”
“Sex and Scandal” – Tampa Bay Times
“Laura Eason brings into the play current issues we’re having with people’s relationships being so impacted by social media in the digital age. People are having almost digital relationships instead of face-to-face relationships.”
“‘Strangers’ get connected at American Stage” – Sarasota Herald-Tribune
“An exciting show, with the audience enraptured the whole time.”
-Peter Nason, Broadway World
“The show moves quickly and smartly as Carey Urban and Ben Williamson combine and combust… a compelling and highly entertaining experience.”
-Andrew Meacham, Tampa Bay Times
“American Stage delivers…brilliant…enthralling…[and] richly human…”
Regional Reviews: Florida – West Coast-William S. Oser, Talkin’ Broadway
“Impeccable…delicious food for thought…a must-see”
–Julie Garisto, Creative Pinellas